Free Agency Tracker: Catcher
The catcher's spot was an albatross for the Rangers in 2019. Behind third base and starting pitching, it is easily the ball club's biggest need over the winter.
The list below includes notable free agents the Rangers could pursue. We will update this list every Tuesday so you can keep track of what players the Rangers have either already signed or are still available.
None of the catchers on the free agent market were given qualifying offers from their incumbent team, so there are no potential draft pick or international bonus pool money losses for signing a free agent catcher this winter.
Yasmani Grandal - signed a 4-year, $73 million deal with White Sox
Robinson Chirinos - free agent
Jason Castro - free agent
Travis d’Arnaud - signed a 2-year, $16 million deal with Braves
Alex Avila - free agent
Russell Martin - free agent
Austin Romine - free agent
Stephen Vogt - signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with Diamondbacks
Martin Maldonado - free agent
Yan Gomes - free agent
Dustin Garneau - signed a 1-year, $650K contract with Astros
Francisco Cervelli - free agent
Rene Rivera - free agent
Luke Maile - free agent
Nick Hundley - free agent
Matt Wieters - free agent
Bryan Holaday - free agent
Drew Butera - free agent
Jonathan Lucroy - free agent
Chris Iannetta - free agent
Wellington Castillo - free agent
Elias Diaz - free agent
The Rangers will likely not have the resources to play at the top of the catching market due to other priorities on the team, as well as already committing around $10 million of 2020's budget to the recently-signed Kyle Gibson.
However, a reunion with Robinson Chirinos would be very interesting. He was liked very much by many Rangers fans and is one of the better offensive catchers in baseball. He will have other suitors, including the Astros, with whom he just won an American League pennant.
The Rangers currently have $3 million invested in Jeff Mathis to go along with Jose Trevino as their tandem behind the plate in 2020. If the right move came along, they may have to eat that $3 million owed to Mathis.
Rumors & Updates
The catcher position has had the most action so far this offseason. A couple more signings were made this past week.
A couple of catchers under the age of 30 were non-tendered on Monday night: Luke Maile (Toronto) and Elias Diaz (Pittsburgh).
There's still very little noise surrounding the Rangers and the catching market. We will keep track of all the rumors the Rangers are tied to moving forward.
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